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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-29-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: A federal judge puts parts of Arizona's controversial new immigration law on hold. We'll tell you what's next for the policy...and whether it will affect an East Texas lawmaker's plan to introduce a similar bill here. 

Investigators are trying to get to the site of a military cargo plane crash in Alaska. We'll have the latest on the search for survivors.

An East Texas town is in a showdown with a community in North Carolina over bragging rights over tea. We'll have details on how you can help Longview claim the crown.

Plus...he likes baseball and video games, and needs a family to call his own. We'll meet Dustin in today's "Gift of Love" report.

PHOENIX (AP) - States that had been planning to copy Arizona's new immigration law will have to wait and see what happens in the courts. The law was set to take effect today, but a federal judge yesterday put most of it on hold. The judge agreed with the Obama administration that immigration enforcement is the role of the federal government.

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AP) - Officials at Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base say the C-17 that crashed there yesterday was on a training demonstration for an upcoming air show. The crash sent a fireball rising hundreds of feet over the base near downtown Anchorage. Four people were onboard. There's no word of any survivors.

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Relatives of the people who died in yesterday's crash in Pakistan have joined emergency teams at the site as the search for victims continues. Crews have been working through thick mud and rain in wreckage that is scattered over about a third of a square mile. The crash killed all 152 people on board.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - There's more pressure on Pakistan today to take action against terrorist sanctuaries there. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, without referring specifically to his country's neighbor, said that while the international community fights terrorism, "there is danger elsewhere and they are not acting."

HONOLULU (AP) - Six gay couples in Hawaii are filing a lawsuit today asking for the same rights as married couples. The suit comes three weeks after Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a same-sex civil unions measure. The suit asks that the courts extend gay couples the benefits and responsibilities of marriage based on the Hawaii Constitution's prohibition against sex discrimination.

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - Closing arguments are scheduled today in Edinburg in the punishment phase of a trial for a south Texas man convicted of beheading his common-law wife's three children. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for John Allen Rubio.

COPPELL, Texas (AP) - An anonymous donor is covering the charges on a city-issued credit card for a suburban Dallas mayor suspected of fatally shooting herself and her daughter. Coppell officials say the donor gave the town $10,000 with a note insisting the money be used for charges made by former Mayor Jayne Peters.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated a Mexican-born former federal prosecutor for a U.S. District Court vacancy in south Texas. Marina Garcia Marmolejo would fill the spot left by the resignation of Judge Samuel Kent of Galveston.       

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has ruled the cities of Alpine, Pflugerville Rockport and Wichita Falls can't sue the state of Texas over its open meetings law. The cities and more than a dozen elected officials had sued the state and Attorney General Greg Abbott to overturn the law.

WEATHER TODAY

Hot humid conditions will move into East Texas today with a few scattered showers and storms.  Highs will reach the middle 90s with heat index values approaching 100 degrees at times.  I'll have details on a heat wave moving into the area on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Program shuts down, leaving 57 East Texans helpless

More than 50 elderly East Texans are helpless as a program that promised to fix their homes shuts down.

If you want help, get off the phone says government office

Officials in one East Texas town say the cell phone in your hand can sometimes get a bit out of hand. So they are making it clear - put up, and shut up - but in nicer words.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

PHOENIX (AP) - States that had been planning to copy Arizona's new immigration law will have to wait and see what happens in the courts. The law was set to take effect today, but a federal judge yesterday put most of it on hold. The judge agreed with the Obama administration that immigration enforcement is the role of the federal government.

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AP) - Officials at Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base say the C-17 that crashed there yesterday was on a training demonstration for an upcoming air show. The crash sent a fireball rising hundreds of feet over the base near downtown Anchorage. Four people were onboard. There's no word of any survivors.

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Relatives of the people who died in yesterday's crash in Pakistan have joined emergency teams at the site as the search for victims continues. Crews have been working through thick mud and rain in wreckage that is scattered over about a third of a square mile. The crash killed all 152 people on board.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - There's more pressure on Pakistan today to take action against terrorist sanctuaries there. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, without referring specifically to his country's neighbor, said that while the international community fights terrorism, "there is danger elsewhere and they are not acting."

HONOLULU (AP) - Six gay couples in Hawaii are filing a lawsuit today asking for the same rights as married couples. The suit comes three weeks after Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a same-sex civil unions measure. The suit asks that the courts extend gay couples the benefits and responsibilities of marriage based on the Hawaii Constitution's prohibition against sex discrimination.

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - Closing arguments are scheduled today in Edinburg in the punishment phase of a trial for a south Texas man convicted of beheading his common-law wife's three children. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for John Allen Rubio.

COPPELL, Texas (AP) - An anonymous donor is covering the charges on a city-issued credit card for a suburban Dallas mayor suspected of fatally shooting herself and her daughter. Coppell officials say the donor gave the town $10,000 with a note insisting the money be used for charges made by former Mayor Jayne Peters.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated a Mexican-born former federal prosecutor for a U.S. District Court vacancy in south Texas. Marina Garcia Marmolejo would fill the spot left by the resignation of Judge Samuel Kent of Galveston.       

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has ruled the cities of Alpine, Pflugerville Rockport and Wichita Falls can't sue the state of Texas over its open meetings law. The cities and more than a dozen elected officials had sued the state and Attorney General Greg Abbott to overturn the law.

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